Bought a new piece of equipment powered by a Honda GS 190? Here’s what you need to know to get it running and address any problems along the way.
- Make sure there’s fuel inside the fuel tank.
- Check the oil level. Remove the dipstick from the filler cap, wipe off any oil, and reinsert it without screwing it back into the engine. The oil should come up above the bottom mark on the stick.
- Inspect the air filter. To get to it, open up the air cleaner housing by pushing in the tabs on the side of the cover.
- Check the equipment for fluid leaks, loose bolts, and other potential issues.
Honda makes several versions of this engine with different ways of making adjustments to the fuel, air, and ignition. All models have a choke, but the other levers may be missing depending on the version you own. Continue reading →
Have a new Honda GCV 160? This guide will walk you through starting and stopping this engine, as well as address common issues, no matter what it may be powering.
Fuel – Make sure there is fresh gasoline in the tank. This engine can use fuel blended with up to 10% ethanol (E10) or 5% methanol. Do not fill past the bottom of the filler neck.
Oil – Remove the oil filler cap/dipstick, wipe it clean, and reinsert it into the filler neck without screwing it in. Pull it out and check for oil. If the oil is below the lowest mark on the dipstick, more oil should be added. Honda recommends 10W30 motor oil for this engine. Continue reading →
The GXV120 is used in a wide range of walk-behind power equipment, but no matter what it’s attached to, operating the engine remains the same. This guide will walk you through using your engine and solving common problems that may keep it from running.
Check the oil: Remove the filler cap and wipe off the dipstick. Slide it back into the filler neck without threading it back into the motor, then pull it out. If the stick is dry above the lower level mark, add some more oil until it comes up to the upper mark. Honda recommends 10W30 automotive oil. Continue reading →
There’s a vast range of small engine equipment out there, but Honda’s legendary reliability means their engines can be found powering just about everything. The GC135 is no exception, and using it is the same no matter what is attached to the output shaft. This guide will walk you through running this engine, as well as solving common problems so you can keep your equipment working year after year.
Adjustable vs Fixed Speed Engines
The GC135 comes in two versions: fixed and adjustable speed. Continue reading →
Honda’s G100 engine is used in a wide range of small-engine equipment, including lawn care, construction, and agriculture devices for both the consumer and professional markets. No matter what your engine is attached to, this guide will walk you through using this motor and solving common problems.
Like all internal combustion engines, the G100 produces carbon monoxide when it burns fuel. When used in confined spaces, this gas can collect, causing asphyxiation. Always move the engine to an outdoor location away from buildings before starting.
The fuel tank should also never be refilled while running. Wipe up any spilled fuel immediately. Continue reading →
The GD320 and GD410 may be getting long in the tooth, but these diesel Honda motors are still found in a lot of power equipment. Here’s what you need to know to use yours properly and keep it running for years to come.
Engine oil: Remove the dipstick/filler cap, wipe it clean, and reinsert it into the engine without screwing it down. Check the oil level on the dipstick: if it’s low, add some oil. Honda recommends 10W40 made for diesel engines. Screw the dipstick back into the motor.
Fuel: To check the amount of fuel, look at the gauge window next to the fuel tank cap. These engines use diesel fuel. #2 Diesel should be used at temperatures above 40°F (4°C) and #1 diesel at temperatures below 40°F (4°C) or altitudes above 5,000 feet (1,500 m). Continue reading →